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Shemos Rabba 1:10 אֶת פִּתֹם וְאֶת רַעַמְסֵס, רַב וּשְׁמוּאֵל, חַד אָמַר פִּתֹם שְׁמָהּ, וְלָמָּה נִקְרָא שְׁמָהּ רַעַמְסֵס, שֶׁרִאשׁוֹן רִאשׁוֹן מִתְרוֹסֵס. וְחַד אָמַר רַעַמְסֵס שְׁמָהּ, וְלָמָּה נִקְרָא שְׁמָהּ פִּתֹם, שֶׁרִאשׁוֹן רִאשׁוֹן פִּי תְּהוֹם בּוֹלְעוֹ. Pithom and Ramses: Rav and Shmuel gave different interpretations. One said the real ...


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The Bach (430:1) writes that Shabbos was set aside to commemorate this miracle - and not the tenth of the month (when the miracle actually happened) in order to prevent confusion with the miraculous Crossing of the Jordan, which also happened on the tenth of the month.


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R. Yitzchak Barda in Shu"t Yitzchak Yeranen 7:204 does mention that the "wings of eagles" may refer to airplanes. He notes that it is not really possible to sit on eagles without falling off, and therefore it might mean airplanes, flying beds, flying carpets, flying staffs, etc. He then strengthens the idea that it is specifically airplanes from the fact ...


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Thanks to @Meir, I found that the Rambam in Sefer HaMitzvos Shoresh § 9 brings this concept. In the Shabsi Frankel edition they list the following twelve places: Exodus 20:10 Exodus 23:12 Exodus 31:13 Exodus 31:14 Exodus 31:15 Exodus 31:16 Exodus 34:21 Exodus 35:2 Leviticus 19:3 Leviticus 23:3 Leviticus 26:2 Deuteronomy 5:12 After checking out the Rav ...


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In Shu"t Ohr Yitzchak (2:17:9) R. Yitzchak Abadi writes as follows: Can one rely on the minhag of the world to use regular vessels in a one-time manner, and then tovel them? For example, if it is difficult for him to tovel them now, or for any other cause. This question is very painful. Is anything that some people do or did called a minhag such ...


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Amazing. During animal sacrifices in the ancient temple times, the Bible lists special spices to be used when the animal is burned. Fairly recently, it had been thought that these spices functioned as a means to cover the bad odors. Today we know the biblical mandate required these spices as a means to overcome bacteria, viruses, and other microbes produced (...


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Zohar (3:221a) דלית לך מלה זעירא דלא תשכח לה באורייתא


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I refer to the story related in the Talmud (Gittin 56b) when Hashem ordered a “yitush” creature, to invade the brain of the wicked Titus, after he had blasphemed against Hashem. In our days too, mankind has blasphemed against Hashem, denying His existence or the need to follow the laws of the Torah. It’s possible that this is one of the reasons that Hashem ...


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Keep reading in the Mechilta (in this portion here). It cites this exposition explicitly. ושמרתם את המצות ר' יאשיה אומר, אל תקרא כן, אלא ושמרתם את המצות. ”Guard the Matzos.” R’ Yoshiya says, Don’t read thus, but rather “guard the Mitzvos.” As an aside, this exposition is quoted by Rashi to Shemos 12:17.


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Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Sisa 5780) mentioned saying פיטום הקטורת to stem a pandemic. This seems to be based on the Zohar quoted in Me'am Loez (Ki Sisa p.304) where Rav Acha told the city of Tarsha which suffered from a plague for seven consecutive days. He told them, "Choose from among you four men, the best among you; you must be certain that all of them ...


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Aruch Hashulchan OC 576:12 כתבו הגדולים דכשאבעבועות שקורין פקי"ן פורחים בתינוקות ומתים – יש לגזור תענית. וכל אחד מחוייב להרחיק מן העיר בניו ובנותיו הקטנים, ואם לא עשה כן – הרי זה מתחייב בנפשם (מגן אברהם סעיף קטן ג בשם השל"ה). ובגמרא איתא: דבר בעיר – כנס רגליך (בבא קמא ס ב). אך האבעבועות הוי מחלה מתדבקת, ולכן החוב להרחיקם מן העיר.ועכשיו אין זה מצוי, כי זה ...


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Rav Avigdor Miller explained https://torasavigdor.org/rav-avigdor-miller-on-the-ebola-virus/ "...The first thing is that we should say, Mah zos asah elokim lanu? That’s number one. It didn’t just happen — Hashem made it happen. That’s the first thing to understand. The next thing is, what’s the purpose that Hashem had in mind? Then you can start using ...


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Shemot 15:26 says וַיֹּאמֶר֩ אִם־שָׁמ֨וֹעַ תִּשְׁמַ֜ע לְק֣וֹל ׀ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ וְהַיָּשָׁ֤ר בְּעֵינָיו֙ תַּעֲשֶׂ֔ה וְהַֽאֲזַנְתָּ֙ לְמִצְוֺתָ֔יו וְשָׁמַרְתָּ֖ כָּל־חֻקָּ֑יו כָּֽל־הַמַּֽחֲלָ֞ה אֲשֶׁר־שַׂ֤מְתִּי בְמִצְרַ֙יִם֙ לֹא־אָשִׂ֣ים עָלֶ֔יךָ כִּ֛י אֲנִ֥י יְהוָ֖ה רֹפְאֶֽךָ׃ (ס) He said, “If you will heed the LORD your God diligently, ...


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Bava Kamma 60b recommends quarantine. ת"ר דבר בעיר כנס רגליך שנאמר ואתם לא תצאו איש מפתח ביתו עד בקר ואומר (ישעיהו כו, כ) לך עמי בא בחדריך וסגור דלתיך בעדך ואומר (דברים לב, כה) מחוץ תשכל חרב ומחדרים אימה The Rabbis taught: A plague in the city - draw in your legs, as it says (Shemos 12:22), “And you, let no man go out from the entrance of his house ...


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The Gemara (Shabbos 108b-109a) is very strict about hygiene of one's hands when touching the face, the first line of defence the health community recommends. הוא היה אומר יד לעין תיקצץ יד לחוטם תיקצץ יד לפה תיקצץ יד לאוזן תיקצץ יד לחסודה תיקצץ יד לאמה תיקצץ יד לפי טבעת תיקצץ יד לגיגית תיקצץ יד מסמא יד מחרשת יד מעלה פוליפוס תניא רבי נתן אומר בת חורין ...


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Rabbi Yaakov Emden in his siddur (Siddur Ya'avetz, also known as Beis Yaakov), has a list of sheimos, names of Hashem that are found in the Megilla. These include the Tetragrammaton (שם הוי"ה) in order (as in יבוא המלך והמן היום) and out of order (such as לבדו עותה ושתי המלכה and זה איננו שוה לי) as well as sheimos, often one of the 72 3-letter sheimos of ...


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Let's do one better: where is G-d's name concealed in all of Tanach? I'm looking for שם הוי"ה backwards and forwards, equally spaced from the beginning and end of four consecutive words (first letter, second letter, last letter, second to last letter, etc.), similar to most of the answers and comments posted so far. I'm not going to pretend to understand ...


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According to the Pri Etz Chaim of Rav Chaim Vital, the instances of G-d's name encoded in Megillat Esther are: "היא "וכל" הנשים "יתנו, ר"ת הוה"י. לבדו עותה המלכה ושתי, ס"ת והה"י. ושתי המלכה לפניו ולא באה, ס"ת יהו"ה. "ומלכותה "יתן "המלך לרעותה "הטובה, ר"ת ויה"ה. "יום "ובמלאות "הימים "האלה, ר"ת יוה"ה. יהודי היה בשושן הבירה ושמו, ס"ת יהה"ו. כי כלתה אליו הרעה,...


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In his Sefer Ner lemeah al inyene Purim, R. Yeraḥmiel ben Zvi says that there is an allusion in Esther 7:7 by the final letter of four consecutive words read forward: כי כלתה אליו הרעה ki chaltah ailav hara’ah “that his fate had been determined.”


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I don't know about God's name being "concealed", but Mordechai tells Esther confidently that if she does not do her part, "release and liberation will materialize for the Jews from some other source". What could that other source be except one engineered by Hashem? כִּ֣י אִם־הַחֲרֵ֣שׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי֮ בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד ...


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Chapter 5, verse 4. In the initials of the 4 words יבא המלך והמן היום


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